Two local community groups and one Leicester City Centre school are taking part in an exciting project, exploring the history of some of Leicester’s Parks through printmaking, during March – May 2017.
The project is designed to increase awareness of the heritage and history of Leicester’s parks with a particular emphasis on Spinney Hills, Castle Park and Victoria Park whilst providing an active and fulfilling creative experience. The project is being delivered in partnership with Leicester City Council City Parks Department and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Mothers Unite, a support group for women who are living apart from their children, have been focusing on Victoria Park. Network for Change, a local social enterprise that supports adults whose mental health problems have impacted on their quality of life, have been focusing on Spinney Hills and Moat Community College, based in Highfields near our former home at St. Stephens Road have looked at Castle Gardens.
Teaching all three groups and leading on the creation of artworks is LPW Artist Sally Stephens. Sally is supported by LPW Studio Technician Serena Smith and together they are creating collaborative prints plus more personal, individual works of art that will tell stories from the parks.
Starting with an introductory session at Leicester Print Workshop, exploring linocut and monoprint techniques, each group then took a site visit to their park, accompanied by Leicester Guide Steve Bruce who uncovered stories about the buildings and history. For some participants it was their first visit to the parks, as well as their first experience of printmaking.
The groups have been producing prints inspired by their visits here at Leicester Print Workshop. Each group’s collaborative print will be exhibited at LPW’s Project Space in May and reproduced as postcard.
The project will continue through drop in printmaking workshops at this year’s Riverside Festival, taking place on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June. There, members of the public will have the opportunity to work with Sally Stephens and contribute to another large collaborative piece of work, this time inspired by the festival location of Bede Park.
Printing Parks is part of a wider Heritage Lottery Funded, Leicester City Council project, Story of Parks.